What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state? Alabama
I posted on this board in December of last year, concerning the situation with my daughter, who is the custodial parent over my 2 year old grand daughter. More background info can be found at my previous post
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Since then, a lot has happened. At the start of the year, the father of the child received 2 years probation from the court of his home county, for drug charges. He also was ordered to submit to random "color-code" drug tests throughout this two year period. In addition, seperate from this, he went to court for domestic violence against my daughter - this was in a neighbouring county, and there he was sentenced to several months of weekly anger management classes.
Since THEN, my daughter has abided by the court-instructed visitation, which is to be supervised by the father's mother. But just today, we found out that he in fact never attended ANY of the anger classes, and that as a result there is currently a warrant out for his arrest in the neighbouring county, for violation of probation. Also,we recently discovered that back in March, he failed to attend several of his color-code drug tests. This resulted in a warrant for his arrest in his home county also, along with a request to revoke his 2 year drug-charge-related probation (seperate from the domestic violence) and put him in jail. We are attempting to find out if this other warrant is still in effect, or otherwise what happened with it. We are thinking that the same situation may be happening as with the warrant in the neighbouring county, ie. that they just haven't been able to pick him up yet.
The situation is complicated by the fact that the father's mother is listed in the visitation order as the supervisor of the visitation. Due to this, what is actually occuring is that SHE, not the father, is receiving the visitation (he doesn't even turn up most of the time, or even care about his daughter - he already has been held in contempt for not paying child support, and DHR are about to take him to court again for further non-payment. But his mother is basically using him just to keep her own time with my granddaughter). Due to the way the visitation order is set out, my daughter is basically forced to deliver my granddaughter to the father's mother every other weekend, under threat of being held in contempt (something the other grandmother has attempted in the past), while there is nothing actually requiring the child's father to be present for any of this visitation.
So, to finally cut a very long story short (and thanks to anyone who has made it this far!), my question is this...shouldn't the fact that the father has an outstanding warrant for his arrest (in ANY county, not necessarily just his home county), be sufficient grounds by itself to deny him his visitation?
Thank you in advance for any help or advice you may be able to give.